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20 Top Cheap Eats In Brisbane | Round Two

By Daniel Colasimone - 31 May 2013

Steamed
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Quan Thanh
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No No’s
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Tippler’s Tap
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Mrs Luu’s Vietnamese
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Taro’s Ramen & Cafe
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New Shanghai
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Lady Marmalade
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Mints Vietnamese
Rosalie, QLD 1 Image
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Madtongsan II
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Pawpaw
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Spring Hill Deli Cafe
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Newsroom Café
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Many moons ago, The Urban List brought the people of Brisbane a list of the 20 best cheap eats in Brisbane and the people were joyous and thankful. They feasted and revelled, and did so without spending much money.

We know what punters want. Here are 20 more of Brisbane's best cheap eats.

Steamed
A tenner will get you eight soft, fresh flavour parcels from Steamed, which is right across from the Paddo on Given Terrace. Convenient and tasty!

Wandering Elephant
Nothing over $10 here, the Wandering Elephant has developed a cult-like following around Brisbane because it's so damn good. Featuring tastes from South East Asia, you really can't go wrong with this one.

Quan Thanh
A soul-warming beef noodle soup will set you back just $10.50 at this West End establishment. Has happiness ever come so cheap?

Nono's Lebanese Food
One of those food joints where you can never decide what to get because everything looks so good and tastes even better. A lamb and beef kafta kebab with the works costs $8.50. That means you can afford a zucchini omelet as well.

Tippler's Tap
Good beer, but check out these numbers: 1kg of buffalo wings for $10. See you there.

Mrs Luu's Vietnamese
You simply must try everything on the menu at this superb little Vietnamese canteen. Start with the Bun rice vermicelli salad for $10.50, with variations including pork mince and taro spring rolls, lemongrass beef and sweet glazed chicken.

Taro's Ramen & Cafe
You and Taro's could become very close friends during these chilly winter months. A fine lunch option in the city centre, try the Shoyu Ramen with egg, bamboo shoots and aged soy sauce.

New Shanghai
Need a hearty feed for under 10 bucks in the CBD? The combination fried rice at New Shanghai should do the trick.

Au Cirque
Don't you love an all-day breakfast? Best invention since colour television. Field mushrooms on sourdough with baby spinach, danish feta, and truffle oil for $9.50. All day. Yes.

Lady Marmalade
Wait, this foodie haven is way too fancy to be on a cheap eats list, right? Wrong, you can get yourself a savoury mince on sourdough sanga with feta, roast tomato, and gremoulata, for $9.90.

Tuckeria
Tuckeria is all about choice and versatility, and the price is definitely right. Try the grilled chicken quesadilla with avocado and jalapenos for just $9.50.

Mints Vietnamese
Rosalieans (people who live in Rosalie) are fortunate to have so many great food options, aren't they? They can go to Mints, for example, and get a Spicy Noodle Soup for $11.90.  Lucky devils.

Madtongsan II
There's a reason that Bi Bim Bab is more popular than Psy in Korea; because it's the spiciest and tastiest hunger killer around. At Madtongsan II you can get this raw egg-topped treat for only $11.90.

Dandelion & Driftwood
Not only will you love the design and the coffee here, you will also be able to choose from a tempting range of hot-pressed sandwiches for around the $10 mark. If you've never tried a classic Reuben, make your way to D&D asap.

Pawpaw
The tangy, spicy falafel sandwich at Pawpaw Cafe goes for $9.90 and makes an exquisite lunch if you're in the Woolloongabba area.

Carraway Pier
Craving some fresh fish but want something a little different from the average fish and chip shop fare? Try Carraway Pier, which, among other delights, serves up grilled cod on turkish bread with caramelised onions for under $10.

Maharani Indian
You may have noticed that many Indian restaurants can be quite pricey. Not so Maharani, where you can grab a regular sized curry for $9.90.

My Pho Bar
Choose your own Pho adventure in Jindalee, where, for $12, you can pretty much add whatever combo of ingredients you like to your Vietnamese soup.

Spring Hill Deli Cafe
Spring Hill Deli is family run, so you know the food is made with love. And all ingredients used are of prime quality, so a flaked smoked salmon sandwich for $13 is almost too good to be true.

Newsroom Cafe
This Toowong mainstay always attracts a crowd with its excellent coffee and tasty food, but did you know they have a choice of open grills for around $8? If you're feeling like splurging you could even pay up to $8.90 for the salmon grill with cream cheese, rocket, and aioli.

TUL Note: After a six-year stint as a freelance journalist in Buenos Aires, Daniel is back in Brisbane to find that his knowledge of Argentinian football is of little practical value here. Luckily, his other areas of expertise, such as eating food, drinking wine, and writing about it, are applicable across most cultures. 

Image credit: Pinterest.com. Our apologies to House Of Brinson for forgetting to credit William Brinson's fantastic chicken wings. Please visit their site for some mouthwatering food photography and recipes!

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